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How to add or remove AM PM next to time on iPad

How to add or remove AM PM next to time on iPad

The status bar at the top of the iPad screen contains important information that you can check from time to time.

Whether it’s the icons in the top right, like the little arrow, battery power, or date and time, this is important information you might need to know.

Some of this information can be removed and some can be customized. For example, you can add AM or PM, or remove it.

Our guide below will show you where to find this option on your iPad if you want to change what’s currently displayed.

How to Change AM/PM Label on iPad

The steps in this article were performed on an iPad 6th generation running iOS 12.2.

The first part of this guide will provide a brief overview of how to change this setting.

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Active time 2 minutes

Total time 2 minutes

Difficulty Easy


  1. Open settings.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Select Date and time on the right side of the screen.
  4. Click the button to the right of Show AM/PM on the status bar.


The presence of the AM/PM tag will be updated as soon as this setting is changed.

If you don’t see this option, your device may be using the 24-hour time format. If you disable this setting, the AM/PM label option will appear.

If you also have an iPhone and feel like the screen is locking up too quickly, you can learn more with this iPhone 13 screen timeout guide.

Complete Guide – How to Add or Remove AM/PM on iPad

Note that you can change this setting at any time if you find you prefer one of the display options over another.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Select “General” on the left side of the screen.

Step 3: Select Date & Time on the right side of the screen.

open date and time menu

Step 4: Click the button to the right of “Show AM/PM” on the status bar to change the setting.

The display will update immediately as soon as you toggle this setting.

how to add or remove am pm from iPad status bar

Now that you know how to toggle the display of AM and PM timestamps on your iPad, you can toggle this setting depending on how you want your time to appear on the iPad screen.

There are other settings in this menu, including:

  • 24 hour time
  • Show AM/PM in status bar
  • Show date in status bar
  • Install automatically
  • Timezone

The last two options will affect how your iPhone handles things when you switch time zones or when daylight saving time occurs.

If you disable the “Set Automatically” option, you can manually set the time and date.


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